Community Stuff 7/3/14

GAAC July Meeting, “Astrophotography From Beginner to Expert”

The 8:00 pm Friday July 11 meeting of the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club is a free astrophoto festival, filled with outstanding photos of planets, and immense, distant, colorful galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters, shown on GAAC’s 100 inch screen! The meeting will feature in-person presentations by four outstanding photographers, showing off their best work, and an introduction by our own Steve K, who will demonstrate how simple astrophotography can be for beginners. 

Photographers Mario Motta, Phil Orbanes, John Hobbs and Barry Yomtov will each present their ten favorite pictures, and will talk briefly about what the objects are, how far away they are, how big, and a little about why and how each person got that shot. 

This will be a spectacular, colorful night, with great presenters, and we’ll have a wonderful time getting a rare, entertaining and accessible look into the world of astrophotography. Many of the photographs can be previewed in the Gallery section of the club website, at

The club meets on the second Friday of every month at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street Lanesville, from 8:00 to 9:30 pm. Parking is free. The public is warmly welcomed and there is no cost. More information is available through the website, or on Facebook at or in the club twitter feed, @gaactweet.

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Summer Drop-In Programs at Maritime Gloucester

Enjoy a wide variety of summer drop-in programs at Maritime Gloucester, five days a week through August 23!  All are free with admission or membership, and no registration is required. 

Creature of the Week
Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays
PreK – 6 Years with an adult
Each week we will highlight one of the fascinating creatures living in our Aquarium. Program includes an exploration in the Aquarium, a story and a creature craft.
10:30 – 11:30 am

Plankton Safari
Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays
Children 5 and up  with an adult
Please join us for an afternoon of investigation in our video microscope laboratory.
1:30 – 3pm

Catch of the Day
Wednesdays and Fridays
6 – 12 Years with an adult
Each week we will offer a different hands-on marine-themed program integrating projects in marine engineering, biology and maritime history.
1:30 – 2:30 pm

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Stop, Drop, and Sail: Date Night Aboard the Schooner Ardelle

Parents enjoy a beautiful summer sail around Gloucester Harbor while the kids (ages 4+) stay on-shore with Maritime Gloucester education staff for fun activities in our Touch Tank Aquarium. 

Want to add dinner?  We’ve teamed up with Beach Gourmet to offer dinner onboard!

Buy Tickets Here!

Image credit: Bill O’Connor 


Lahey Health, Addison Gilbert Hospital to host cocktail cruise in Gloucester Harbor

Celebrating the contributions of the Dusky Foundation

On Thursday, July 10th at 6 p.m., Lahey Health will host a cocktail cruise to celebrate the contributions of the Dusky Foundation and its support of Addison Gilbert Hospital, Cape Ann’s resource for state-of-the-art care close to home. Cape Ann residents are encouraged to attend and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and music by physician-led band The Way to the River aboard The Beauport Princess. While cruising around Gloucester Harbor, guests will also have the opportunity to mingle with Dr. Howard Grant, CEO & President of Lahey Health; Dr. Richard Nesto, Chief Medical Officer of Lahey Health; Tim O’Connor, Chief Financial Officer of Lahey Health; Denis Conroy, CEO of Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals; Cynthia Donaldson, Vice President of Addison Gilbert Hospital; and Mr. J. Linzee Coolidge, Trustee of the Dusky Foundation.

Interested attendees can visit for tickets or contact Nora C. Johnson at 781-744-7854 for more information.

AGH Cruise Flyer

Hi Joey!

The Chamber is gearing up for another GREAT Auction this year!!  This is our biggest Fundraiser of the year, as well as a fun social gathering of all of Cape Ann’s finest!  We have lots of beautiful artwork from local artists: paintings, prints, sculptures, pottery….some truly unique and beautiful items!  We also have many goods, services and gift certificates to local retailers, restaurants and  businesses.  We would really appreciate your help in getting the word out about our Great Event!

Friday, July 18, from 5:00-10:00pm, at the Essex Room at Woodman’s.  Tickets are $30 or a reserved table of 10 for $300.  I have attached a flyer with more information.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thank you and I hope to see you there!



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